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Travel Consultation & Vaccinations

** July & August 2024** we are unable to offer any travel vaccination consultation appointments**

Please note we are not a registered yellow fever centre.

If you are planning to travel abroad and require vaccinations please ensure you contact us as early as possible so our trained Travel Consultation Nurses can safely complete your travel risk assessment, vaccinations and/or travel advice.

MORE than SIX weeks prior to travel

It is important your initial appointment is at least 6 weeks before you travel, as a second appointment will be required with the Nurse to be given vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine.

Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Our Admin team will aim to book you telephone appointment* in our travel clinic and send you a pre-travel risk assessment form as a link to your mobile – this form must be completed and returned as soon as possible to enable the booked consultation to go ahead

If you do not have a mobile number our Admin team can send the form to your email or can arrange for you to collect a paper copy from Reception

Following assessment the Nurse will book a face-to-face appointment for vaccinations if they are needed.

*If there are no travel appointments available at the Practice 6 weeks prior to your travel we recommend you make an appointment at a local travel clinic for travel risk assessment, advice and vaccinations (see link below)

LESS than SIX weeks prior to travel

If you are travelling in less than 6 weeks, we recommend you make an appointment at a private travel clinic for your travel risk assessment, advice and vaccinations.

Local Travel Clinic – City Doc (formerly Sussex Travel Clinic in Hove) is a private travel vaccination clinic that can offer last minute and walk in appointments as well as an easy online and telephone appointments system for all your travel vaccination requirements. You can visit them here.

Vaccines

Not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS and you will have to be seen at a private Travel Clinic

The following travel vaccines are available free on the NHS

These vaccines are free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Due to a national stock shortage we are currently not able to order this vaccine. If this vaccine is required for your travel we advise you contact a private Travel Clinic

Hepatitis immunisation

Immunisation against infectious Hepatitis (Hepatitis A) is available free of charge on the NHS in connection with travel abroad. However Hepatitis B is not routinely available free of charge and therefore you may be charged for this vaccination when requested in connection with travel abroad.

Excess quantities of regular repeat prescriptions

Under NHS legislation, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for people when they leave the United Kingdom. However, to ensure good patient care the following guidance is offered. People travelling within Europe should be advised to carry a General Health Insurance Card, known as a GHIC.

Medication required for a pre-existing condition should be provided in sufficient quantity to cover the journey and to allow the patient to obtain medical attention abroad. If the patient is returning within the timescale of their usual prescription, then this should be issued (the maximum duration of a prescription is recommended by the Care Trust to be two months, although it is recognised that prescription quantities are sometimes greater than this). Patients are entitled to carry prescribed medicines, even if originally classed as controlled drugs, for example, morphine sulphate tablets.

For longer visits abroad, the patient should be advised to register with a local doctor for continuing medication (this may need to be paid for by the patient).

General practitioners are not responsible for prescriptions of items required for conditions which may arise while travelling, for example travel sickness or diarrhoea. Patients should be advised to purchase these items from community pharmacies prior to travel.

Useful links

NHS Overview – Travel Vaccinations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Lonely Planet’s website

International Society of Travel Medicine

Health Advice for the Diabetic 

Fit for Travel